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Garlic-Lemon Chicken Kabobs

Garlic-Lemon Chicken Kabobs

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2
Traditionally used for grilling salmon, cedar planks work their subtle magic on other foods as well. Here, chicken and vegetables are skewered and cooked on a cedar plank. They emerge moist and succulent, imbued with an enticing smoky flavor.


  • 3 Tbs. plus 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper, plus more,
      to taste
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut
      into 3/4-inch pieces
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 large red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch


In a bowl, whisk together the 3 Tbs. olive oil, the lemon zest, garlic, parsley, the 1 tsp. salt and the 1/2 tsp. pepper. Add the chicken and stir to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.

Soak a cedar plank in water according to the package instructions. Prepare a medium fire in a grill and heat the plank. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water to cover for at least 20 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the 1/2 cup olive oil, the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Thread the onion and bell pepper onto the skewers, alternating the pieces and dividing them equally. Remove the chicken from the marinade; discard the marinade. Thread the chicken onto separate skewers, taking care not to pack the pieces too tightly.

Lay the skewers on the plank. Brush the vegetables with the olive oil-lemon juice mixture. Close the lid and cook until the chicken is opaque throughout and the vegetables are soft and beginning to brown, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer the skewers to a warmed platter and serve immediately. Serves 2.

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